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Health and Sustainability in the Canadian Food System
Advocacy and Opportunity for Civil Society
Rod MacRae   Elisabeth Abergel  

$95.00 Hardcover
Release Date: 7/18/2012
ISBN: 9780774822688    

$34.95 Paperback
Release Date: 1/1/2013
ISBN: 9780774822695    

308 Pages

Sustainability and the Environment series


About the Book

Civil society organizations are among the most vociferous critics of the modern food system. Yet even after decades of campaigns, governments have largely failed to address health and sustainability issues in an effective way. This volume showcases the research of experts from multiple disciplines who argue that solutions lie not just in lobbying elected officials but in initiatives at the subparliamentary level. Real change will come, they argue, when advocacy groups develop innovative strategies capable of influencing decision makers more resistant to public pressure: business lobbies well connected to government agencies, middle managers, and ministries unused to collaborating across departmental mandates.

About the Author(s)

Rod MacRae is an associate professor of food policy in the Faculty of Environmental Studies at York University.

Elisabeth Abergel is a professor in the Sociology Department and a member of the Institut des Sciences de l’Environnement at the Université du Québec à Montréal.

Table of Contents

Introduction / Rod MacRae, Elisabeth Abergel, and Mustafa Koc
Part 1 -- Paradigms, Scales, and Jurisdictions
1 Effecting Paradigm Change in the Canadian Agriculture and Food Sector: Toward a Multifunctionality Paradigm / Grace Skogstad
2 Alternative Land Use Services and the Case for Multifunctional Policy in Canada / Alison Blay-Palmer
3 The Experience of Canadian Environmental CSOs: Thoughts from the Green Side / Mark Winfield
Part 2 -- Lessons from the Canadian Food System
4 The Canadian Biotechnology Advisory Committee: Legitimacy, Participation, and Attempts to Improve GE Regulation in Canada / Elisabeth Abergel
5 Lessons from Twenty Years of CSO Advocacy to Advance Sustainable Pest Management in Canada / Rod MacRae, Julia Langer, and Vijay Cuddeford
6 Breastfeeding Promotion and Social Change in Canada: A Review of Ninety Years of Breastfeeding Policy and Practices / Aleck Ostry and Tasnim Nathoo
7 Canada's Action Plan on Food Security: The Interactions between Civil Society and the State to Advance Food Security in Canada / Mustafa Koc and Japji Anna Bas
8 The Obesogenic Environment and Schools: Have CSOs Played a Role in Shifting the Debate from Individual Responsibility to Structural Factors? / Tony Winson, Rod MacRae, and Aleck Ostry
9 From Green Energy to Smart Growth: Practical Lessons from the Renewable Energy Movement for Agricultural Land Protection and Sustainability Activists / José Etcheverry
10 Helping Good Things Grow: Creating Nurturing Policies and Programs for New Farmers through Civil Society-Government Collaboration / Sarah Robicheau
Conclusion / Elisabeth Abergel and Rod MacRae


"This book brings together an impressive group of diverse, multidisciplinary scholars and practitioners who provide an insightful portrayal of the intricacies of policy-making in the agriculture and food sectors -- particularly in terms of identifying where the power lies. This topic will only become more important with growing concerns about food price crises, land grabs, food safety, climate change, rural decline, and related trends affecting food security and environmental and health crises, domestically and globally."
-- Steffanie Scott, Department of Geography and Environmental Management, University of Waterloo

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Related Topics

Food Studies
Environmental Studies

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